Aroldis Chapman Blows Away American League, Strikes Out Side on Pure Gas

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2015

via @CaseyPrattCSN

The world got a chance to see Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman pitch in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

It was a must-see appearance.

Throwing on his home field, Chapman entered the game in the top of the ninth inning with the National League trailing 6-2. That didn't stop him from treating the outing like a save situation.

Chapman faced Boston Red Sox utility man Brock Holt, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Three All-Stars, no competition.

Chapman struck out the side on 14 pitches, with 12 of those pitches topping 100 mph:

Casey Pratt @CaseyPrattABC7

Sonny Gray can't believe what he's seeing as Aroldis Chapman is bringing the heat. http://t.co/lVaLQHjeyD


Aroldis Chapman: All he does is #whiff. http://t.co/eLGr6CX6E8

His first pitch was a 99 mph heater, which turned out to be one of his slowest pitches of the night. The scary thing is that a night like this is nothing unusual for the left-hander.

Moustakas (once) and Teixeira (twice) were able to foul off pitches, but nobody came close to getting a hit off Chapman. He was so dominant with his fastball that there was no need for his slider or changeup. 

Just look at how Teixeira reacted to facing Chapman:

Oakland A's starter Sonny Gray is a good pitcher himself, but he was blown away by what he was seeing, per CSN's Casey Pratt:

Cincinnati Reds @Reds

Aroldis Chapman strikes out the side on 14 pitches, 12 of them 100 mph or better. #ASG #TheChapmanShow. http://t.co/Dv4mehepwX

While Reds fans and National League Central teams are used to seeing Chapman light up the radar gun, American League players couldn't get enough of the action. Those in the AL dugout were up and watching Chapman work, amazed by what they were seeing—and probably thankful they didn't have to step to the plate against the southpaw.

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

Aroldis Chapman threw 14 pitches. They went: 99, 101, 100, 101, 101, 102, 103, 102, 103, 102, 101, 98, 100, 102. Struck out the side. Wow.

Fortunately for the AL, it had the lead when Chapman entered the game. The AL won 6-3.


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